World Dance Alliance Asia Pacific—July 2017 update

The 2017 WDA Global Summit will be held in St John’s, Newfoundland, from 24–28 July, with a full program of performances, scholarly papers and workshops, including a Choreolab. The timetable is still being developed, but you can read the exciting program that includes several Australian presenters, among them Assoc. Professor Cheryl Stock AM, who has just stepped down as the WDA’s inaugural Secretary-General.

One of the sessions at the Global Summit will be presented by Australian Anja Ali-Haapala and New Zealander Sarah Knox, who have formed a new Early Career Researchers Community group. The ECR Community is an independent network initiated for the purpose of supporting early career researchers from peer perspectives.

The key aims for the group are: professional development, mentoring and networking opportunities; peer support; and information sharing specifically for those completing research degrees or within five years of graduation. 'We value the ECR Community's relationship with WDA and see our work being complementary to the existing opportunities that WDA facilitates’, says Anja.

A new edition of Asia Pacific Channels is about to be published with reports from all over our region, including an update of Ausdance National’s plans for the future. It also contains a tribute to Rachael Jennings, who has produced Channels from Ausdance National’s office for many years. That task now falls to Bilqis Hijjas, WDA’s Vice President South East Asia, who is producing the current edition. You can read archived editions of Asia Pacific Channels.